Private tour

Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

Activity provider: Rosotravel Germany

Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

Activity provider: Rosotravel Germany

From US$ 379.26 per person

Explore the Drachenburg Castle, with breathtaking views from the mountainside and a stroll in the Drachenfels forest. Enjoy a trouble-free tour with private transport and an expert guide.

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Duration 4 - 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, German, French
Pickup included
Pick up from your accommodation in Cologne
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Take in the breathtaking views from the Drachenfels mountainside
  • Take an exhilarating ride up the mountain on the oldest German cog railway
  • Explore the stunning villa-castle Drachenburg and admire 19th-century artistry
  • Visit the “colorful city” of Linz am Rhein and get lost in its charming streets
  • Enjoy comfortable private transport and interesting facts from an expert guide
Full description

Discover the magical Drachenburg Castle, a 19th-century palace built on the Drachenfels mountain with breathtaking views of the Rhein valley. You'll be picked up at your accommodation in Cologne by a private car and enjoy a comfortable 40-minute journey to the charming Königswinter village. You'll first head up the mountain toward the medieval Burg Drachenfels, onboard the historical Drachenfelsbahn, which is the oldest cog railway in Germany. It'll feel like you're being pulled up the hill on a roller coaster, but without the scary drop at the end.

At the top, you can explore the ruins and marvel at the incredible views of the valley below, and a perfect spot for a panoramic photo. On a sunny day, you may even spot Cologne Cathedral on the horizon. Once you finish, you'll make your way down the path towards Castle Drachenburg. Here, your guide will provide you with all the fascinating stories about the castle-like villa built in the late 1800s, with its short but turbulent history. Perfectly renovated to reflect its original splendor, it's well worth exploring. And don't forget to roam the beautiful gardens.

The Drachenfelsbahn will take you back to the village. If you're keen to continue exploring, you can opt for the 6-hour option, which will include a 2-hour sightseeing tour with your guide around the beautiful village of Linz am Rhein, known as the “colorful city”.

Here, you can stroll through the historic cobblestoned streets and admire 16th-century picturesque half-timbered houses. Your guide will also lead you to the Old Market Square, St Martin Church, Linz Castle and part of the medieval city fortification, Pulverturm.

Once you've enjoyed all the attractions you will be taken back to your accommodation in Cologne.

  • Service of an expert guide
  • Entrance tickets and guided tour in the Drachenburg Castle
  • Two-way Drachenfelsbahn tickets
  • Private 2-hour sightseeing of Linz am Rhein with Professional Guide (in 6-hour option)
  • Private transport with pick up and drop off service in Cologne
  • Meals and drinks at the local restaurant

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The half-day tour is a 3-hour visit to the Drachenburg Castle and Drachenfels
  • For an additional trip to Linz am Rhein, opt for the 6-hour tour
  • Tours are led by an expert guide speaking fluently in your chosen language

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